Citrix Receiver

What is Citrix Receiver?

Citrix Receiver (now called Citrix Workspace App) is the client software that provides a unified and secure digital workspace for accessing Citrix virtual desktops, applications, and data from any device, anywhere. It is designed to simplify the user experience and enhance productivity by offering a single point of access to all the resources needed to perform work tasks. Employees and remote workers can access their work environments remotely, even using mobile devices.

The Citrix Receiver is available for free download.

What platforms is Citrix Receiver supported on?

The Citrix Receiver is available on a variety of OSes, including Android, Apple iOS, Google Chrome OS, Hypertext Markup Language 5, Linux and Microsoft Windows. This broad device compatibility allows users to access their virtual desktops and applications from different devices, such as laptops, tablets, smartphones, or thin clients.

What are the key features of Citrix Receiver?

  • Virtual desktop access: Users can access their virtual desktops remotely, providing a consistent and personalized experience regardless of the device used.
  • Application virtualization support: Users can access virtualized applications hosted on Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops infrastructure, which allows for centralized application management and delivery.
  • Promotes collaboration: The app provides secure file sharing and collaboration capabilities, allowing users to access and share files stored on network drives, cloud storage platforms, or other content repositories.
  • Ensures secure access: Data encryption, multi-factor authentication, and policy-based access controls are all supported.
  • Offers self-service capabilities: Users can install and update their applications, reset passwords, and manage their workspace preferences.

Does Citrix Receiver run on thin clients?

Yes, Citrix Receiver is designed to run on thin clients. Thin clients are lightweight devices that rely on a server-side infrastructure to access virtual desktops and applications. These devices typically have minimal processing power and storage capacity, as they primarily function as a means to connect to a remote desktop environment. Citrix Receiver supports various thin client platforms, including those running on Windows Embedded Standard, Windows IoT, Linux-based operating systems, and other specialized thin client operating systems.

Why do organizations need to monitor the Citrix Receiver versions in use?

Monitoring the Citrix Receiver version used by users is important for several reasons:

  • Compatibility: Different versions of Citrix Receiver may have compatibility requirements with the Citrix infrastructure components. Monitoring the receiver version ensures that users are using a compatible version that works seamlessly with the backend infrastructure.
  • Security: Ensuring that users are running the latest and most secure version of Citrix Receiver reduces the risk of unauthorized access, data breaches, and other security incidents. Outdated versions may have critical security vulnerabilities and expose users and the organization to potential threats.
  • Performance and Functionality: Newer versions of Citrix Receiver introduce performance improvements, and new features. Monitoring the Receiver version allows IT teams track user adoption of newer versions and identify which users have not migrated to the newer version.
  • Support and Troubleshooting: When users encounter issues or require technical support, the version of Citrix Receiver they are using is an important piece of information for troubleshooting purposes. Monitoring the Receiver version allows IT teams to identify if the issue is specific to a particular version and provide appropriate guidance or escalate the problem to Citrix support if necessary.
  • Compliance and Licensing: Monitoring the Citrix Receiver version used by users helps ensure compliance with licensing agreements. Some Citrix licenses may have version-specific requirements, and tracking the Receiver version ensures that users are in compliance with licensing terms and conditions.

How can organizations monitor the Citrix Receiver versions in use?

As part of its extensive Citrix monitoring capabilities, eG Enterprise also tracks the version of Citrix Receiver being used by every user accessing the Citrix site. Read our blog on Citrix Workspace Monitoring and see the different dashboards and reports that eG Enterprise provides out of the box to help Citrix admins track, report and identify older versions of Citrix Receiver that are still in use.